When summer finally rolls around, vacation plans tend to involve the water. Maybe you're headed to a Caribbean beach, or to chase waterfalls in a state park. Perhaps you are dusting off your water sports skills for afternoons on the boat, in a kayak, or balancing atop a paddleboard. Or maybe you're just taking photos close to the shore and don't want to worry about your phone falling in or getting splashed. Wherever you go, if you're bringing your cell along, you'd be wise to invest in a waterproof phone bag.
Unlike a waterproof phone case, these pouches protect your device and give you a way to stay hands-free more often, usually in the form of a lanyard. The best waterproof phone pouches even float, so if it gets knocked into a deep body of water (or even the deep end of a pool), you won't be scrambling to find it.
Ahead of the summer season, I tested out a whole slew of waterproof phone bags and pouches to find out which will really keep your phone dry. I went through a few rounds of testing for each bags: first, with a tissue inside, to ensure there was no immediate water damage. Then, with an old (and small) Apple phone. Lastly, I put my iPhone 13 Max Pro inside of each one to see how it fit. With each round, all of the pouches were tossed into a pool. I'm happy to report the cell phones (and tissues) all came out of the pool unscathed, but still, some pouches proved better than others. Below, the best waterproof phone pouches to bring on your next beach trip, cruise, or rainy day hike.